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In other words, if black males are punished more often than Asian American females, that can be enough to get the administrators drawn into a legal labyrinth, costing money and time, even if the punishment eventually is upheld.

When a bill was introduced into the Illinois state legislature to put more teeth into suspensions of misbehaving students, Barack Obama voted against that bill. A real reformer would want to crack down on both unruly students and unaccountable teachers. A clever politician would speak eloquently, demand “change” - and then vote for the status quo. Mr. Obama talks a great game.

Thomas Sowell is a nationally syndicated columnist.